How To Type Accents On a Mac

If you ever need to add text to your photos or are writing a document and need to type an Accent, here’s how easy it is to do on your Mac.

 

  • Press and hold on the letter you wish to accent, continue holding the letter until a menu with character accents are displayed.
  • Choose the character accent with the mouse, or press the number corresponding below the accent in the menu.

You can leave the accent menu on the Mac keyboard by hitting the “ESCAPE” key.

Typing Diacritical Marks and Accents

ó – Acute: Hold down OPTION key and then press “e”, then type the letter you want to accent, like é

ò – Grave: Hold down OPTION key and then press “`”, then type the letter to accent, like ù

ô – Circumflex: Hold down OPTION key and then press “i”, then press the letter, like ô

ñ – Hold down OPTION key and then press “n”, then type the letter, like ñ

ö – Trema: Hold down OPTION key and then press “u”, then type the letter, like ë

ç – Cedilla: Hold down OPTION key and then press “c”, like ç or Ç

ø – Hold down OPTION key and then press “o”, like ø or Ø

å Å – Hold down OPTION key and then press “a”, like å or Å

Æ – AE Ligature: Hold down OPTION key and then press “‘” like æ Æ

œ – OE Ligature: Hold down OPTION key and then press “q”, like œ or Œ

¿ – Hold down OPTION key and SHIFT key and then press “?” like ¿

¡ – Hold down OPTION key and then press “1”, like ¡ 

Four of the best casual photography and filter apps for iPhone

If you’re a seasoned iPhone pro, or a new user, the vast amount of simple photography apps can be staggering — we pick out four cheap or free ones for you to try.

Camera+

We’re not going to blow the lid off of any secret App Store finds with this first one, but we couldn’t start off a camera app list without mentioning Camera+, which is currently on version 9 and has been downloaded over 10 million times.

Camera+ is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to third party iPhone cameras. While your iPhone will never replace a DSLR, Camera+ does emulate some of those high-end camera features.

Anyone who owns an iPhone 6s or higher can shoot in RAW, and all iPhone users have the ability to change exposure, utilize an image stabilizer, change the shutter speed, and easily focus the image with the touch of a finger. It is absolutely geared toward the beginner, but has enough features jammed into it that more seasoned photographers will love it as well.

Even the post-production editing suite feels quite a bit like specialty photo editing software, which isn’t something that most apps can say.

Camera+ is a $2.99 app, which we think is more than fair for something that has basically set the standard in third party iPhone photography apps.

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic used to be one of the most popular iPhone camera apps, but fell out of favour sometime around iPhone 4s. Somewhere along the line, the developers of the app have given Hipstamatic a complete overhaul to make the app better than ever.

If you’ve never used Hipstamatic, it’s a bit different as far as camera apps go. Unlike a traditional filter app where you add after you take the picture, Hipstamatic allows you to pick films, lenses, and flashes and layer them together before the picture is taken.

Hipstamatic is designed to emulate the feeling of using a traditional camera with specialty lenses and films. However, the apps more modern incarnations actually let you change the filters in case you’re not a big fan of the result.

The filters are expertly curated and paired together as film and lens in “HipstaPacks,” usually centered around some sort of classic vintage film and camera combo. And, in the new Pro mode, you’ve got the ability to set shutter speed, shoot multi-exposed photos, and there’s a full darkroom suite to edit the images before you share them with others.

If you didn’t get it in its heyday, there’s a price to be paid for Hipstamatic, though, and if you’re not the type to spend money on a camera app, you might want to pass on it. Hipstamatic itself is $2.99, but HipstaPacks range anywhere from $0.99 to $4.99, but many include a large amount of filters for the money you spend.

Darkr

Darkr is designed to emulate black and white large format cameras, the first wave of “modern” cameras that were popular up until the 1950s. Our first few times using Darkr, we wound up with wildly out-of-focus images, images that were overexposed, underexposed, and framed very poorly.

However, with practice, we found that Darkr actually taught us how to frame pictures better, how to compose shots that we might have not thought of otherwise. You’ll snap images with one of three cameras, either a point-and-shoot, a simple manual camera, or a traditional old, large-format camera which shoots pictures “upside-down.”

All three cameras in the app have their own pros and cons, but we think that there’s certainly good reason to use the large format camera when learning how to use Darkr. Darkr also allows you to tone images, change exposure, and manually burn and dodge parts in a simple post-production part of the app referred to as the Darkroom.

If you’re having trouble using the app, developers have included some tutorials that can have you straightened out in no time.

We feel like we need to stress this: Darkr isn’t for everyone, but for those who want to experience something similar to an old large format camera, Darkr’s worth grabbing. We highly suggest that you grab the $2.99 pro package, which unlocks all cameras, the option to work in layers, and the ability to tone the images as well.

April

While April isn’t a camera app per se, it is a good choice for anyone who likes quickly editing and composing pictures they’ve taken with their iPhone. Collage maker April is an incredibly simple app, stark and minimalist, but presents many different layouts for anywhere from one to nine images.

April is split into two separate sections, a standard collage section and a section that is designed to make photos feel more like graphic design pieces or promotional posters. We appreciate the layouts that both sides give, though we’re more inclined to recommend using the graphic design based layouts.

As with the rest of the photo apps we’ve mentioned, April also has a collection of filters that can help edit pictures at the last minute in case something isn’t quite working out.

April isn’t an app you’d use to take pictures, but if you get the urge to shoot images in a series and would like to share them as one image file, this is the app you should be using. April is free, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t snag this one as soon as you can.

Google’s PhotoScan App for IOS

Scanned with Google PhotoScan

On the surface, Google Photos has a simple mission: to store all your pictures. Specifically, Google says it wants the service to be a home for all of your photos, and today that mission expanded to encompass the old photos you took on a point-and-shoot back in the ’90s. The company just released an app called PhotoScan for iOS and Android, and it promises to make preserving the memories in your old printed photos much easier. Additionally, while Google was at it, it also issued several updates to its core Photos app.

PhotoScan is definitely the star of the show, though. According to engineers from Google who showed the app to the press today, PhotoScan improves on the old “photo of a photo” technique that many now use to quickly get a digital copy of old prints. It’s also a lot cheaper than sending pictures out to be scanned by a professional, not to mention faster and more convenient than using a flatbed scanner.

When you open up the PhotoScan app, you’re prompted to line up your picture within a border. Once you have the picture aligned, pressing the scan button will activate your phone’s flash and start the process of getting a high-quality representation of the photo. Four white circles will appear in different quadrants of the image. You’ll be prompted to move your phone over each dot until it turns blue; once all four dots are scanned, the app pulls together the final image.

When moving the phone to scan each dot, the app is taking multiple images of the picture from different angles to effectively eliminate light glare — something Google cited as the biggest culprit in ruining digital pictures of photo prints. In practice, in Google’s tightly controlled demo setup, it worked perfectly. It was easy to see how the lights in the room cast glare on the photo print and equally obvious how the app managed to eliminate it in the final scan. It’s a bit of an abstract process to describe, but it worked as promised. We’ll need to test it further outside of Google’s own testbed, but the early results are definitely encouraging.

The app also lets you adjust the crop to remove any hint of the background surface peeking into the photo, but it’s otherwise a pretty minimal experience. Once you’re done scanning, the app prompts you to save your scans. They’re saved directly to your phone’s storage; you can then upload them to Google Photos or the backup service of your choice. Google specifically said that it wanted this app to exist outside Google Photos so people could scan images and use whatever service they want to back them up.

Beyond PhotoScan are some noteworthy additions to the proper Google Photos app. The biggest change here is that there are a host of new photo-editing options on board. The Google+ app actually used to have a pretty robust set of editing options, but when Photos was liberated as a standalone app, the editing features were significantly culled.

Google Photos for both iOS and Android now has an entirely redesigned set of editing tools and filters. The “auto enhance” feature, which tweaks brightness, contrast, saturation and other characteristics of your photo, has been improved thanks to the machine-learning technology that is at the core of nearly all of Google’s products. It can look at a photo and recognize what a photo editor might do to try and improve the image. Auto Enhance has long been a solid feature, so seeing it continue to get smarter is definitely a good thing.

If you want to make further adjustments, the simple “light,” “colour” and “pop” sliders that were in the previous Google Photos app have been greatly expanded. Now, you can tap a triangle next to “light” or “colour” to see a view with a host of more granular editing tools like exposure, contrast highlights, saturation, warmth and so on. Those tools aren’t right in your face, so people who don’t want to dive in can still make adjustments — but those who really want to go deep on editing their pictures will surely appreciate the option.

Google called out two of those adjustments, in particular, as things that only it can do with its vast store of photographic information. A slider called “deep blue” saturates blues in an image like the sky or water to make them more vibrant, and it knows to specifically target those hues while leaving others unchanged. There’s also a skin-tone filter that can adjust saturation specifically on a subject’s skin without altering the rest of the image. Other editing programs have similar filters, but Google says this one is particularly accurate because of the millions of photos it has analyzed — it just has a better sense of what is skin is, compared with other editors.

Lastly, Google added 12 new filters (of course it did) that take advantage of machine learning to be a little smarter than the standard option. Rather than always slapping a default set of adjustments on a picture, Google Photos will make subtle improvements to the image first; it sounds like a combination of auto enhance as well as a filter. But those enhancements will be optimized to work well with the filter you’re adding.

This is probably the biggest update to Google’s photo products since it launched in mid-2015. There are plenty of other services that offer near-unlimited photo backups, but Google’s machine-learning based on all the data in its systems is second-to-none. Yes, that requires Google to analyze everything you put into it, but that’s been the case for years now. If you’re comfortable giving Google access to your data, these photos updates are definitely worth checking out. And if you want to try PhotoScan but are worried about your privacy, you don’t even need to upload your pictures to Google. The new PhotoScan app and updated Google Photos are available in the App Store and on Google Play now.